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Re: Theories on the extinction of dinosaurs



In a message dated 11/19/99 4:59:18 PM EST, jbois@umd5.umd.edu writes:

<< And yet so many of us are happy to glibbly claim: Oh, the asteroid of doom
 caused their extinction. >>

This is true, >if< you note that asteroid impact was the >proximate< cause. 
Like the gunshot that kills the heart patient. Regardless of weakened 
condition of patient, he dies "because" of the gunshot, not "because" his 
heart condition has made him too weak to withstand being shot.